resumes the long running Plot A to Z series of far too occasional posts, the last one being February 2014.
Among the various O and P flowers the only ones that I regularly grow are poppies (papaver) and phacelia. Being annuals I sow both but the poppies often don’t germinate, with the the ones that do appear being self-seeded. Although phacelia is a green manure I grow it for the flowers as I mentioned in a recent post, where I also mentioned the plot ponds.
Apart from potatoes, mentioned in O and P (part 1 of 2), I don’t grow parsnips, peas or pumpkins mainly due to space considerations.
The other notable P is the Prunus spinosa, better known as a Sloe Blackthorn, which has grown up through the pallet patio. I keep it pruned to about six feet and in the spring enjoy the pure white flowers that cover it’s spiny branches. A little known fact about this tree is that the wood is favoured by the Irish for the manufacture of shillelaghs!
Have a good weekend!
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Edited Sunday, 18 January…Glo has kindly given me a wonderful Flighty’s Pineapple Pipe Dream Award picture and poem which can be seen in her comment below and on her own PPD Award post.